Technology and automation touches everything in our lives today—even our homes. We’re not just talking a smart thermostat here. Even construction has been changed by ever-growing technology. Here’s a peek at how the high-tech construction site is changing remodeling.
You’ve seen it on the The Property Brothers: a couple sits down in front of a screen and “sees” what they can expect their remodel to look like. This is wonderful on a couple of levels. When homeowners can visualize what the remodel will look like in the end, it helps increase satisfaction and minimize problems. With everyone on the same page from the beginning, there are fewer surprises.
The quality of drones available for industrial purposes has made them much more useful on the job site. They are more agile than cranes at delivering materials to specific areas and make the workflow more efficient. Builder Magazine reported that about 20% of builders have experimented with drones on worksites so expect to see more in the future.
3D printing has changed the industry. A high-tech printer can take the place of lengthy machining processes and produce exact parts and materials right on the job site. In addition, 3D laser scanners “capture details of a structure down to 2 millimeters of accuracy,” says Builder Magzine’s Drew Vass. That makes producing parts more accessible to builders, which saves time and money.
Augmented reality is a newcomer to the jobsite. It’s possibilities have barely begun to be explored. Similar to digital rendering, virtual reality offers homeowners the opportunity to experience their remodel up close and personal.
It might not be long before computers and machines are doing some of the manual labor on the jobsite. In the future, construction sites will look quite different than they do now. Both the workforce and the building itself will be a high-tech wonderland.